Jeremiah 23

Jeremiah 23

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23 Am I a God who is only in one place?" asks the LORD. "Do they think I cannot see what they are doing?

24 Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?" asks the LORD.

25 "I have heard these prophets say, `Listen to the dream I had from God last night.' And then they proceed to tell lies in my name.

26 How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say.

27 By telling these false dreams, they are trying to get my people to forget me, just as their ancestors did by worshiping the idols of Baal.

28 Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between chaff and wheat!

29 Does not my word burn like fire?" asks the LORD. "Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes rock to pieces?

30 "Therefore," says the LORD, "I stand against these prophets who get their messages from each other--

31 these smooth-tongued prophets who say, `This prophecy is from the LORD!'

32 Their imaginary dreams are flagrant lies that lead my people into sin. I did not send or appoint them, and they have no message at all for my people," says the LORD.

33 "Suppose one of the people or one of the prophets or priests asks you, `What prophecy has the LORD burdened you with now?' You must reply, `You are the burden!* The LORD says he will abandon you!'1

34 If any prophet, priest, or anyone else says, `I have a prophecy from the LORD,' I will punish that person along with his entire family.

35 You should keep asking each other, `What is the LORD's answer?' or `What is the LORD saying?'

36 But stop using this phrase, `prophecy from the LORD.' For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the LORD Almighty.

37 "This is what you should say to the prophets: `What is the LORD's answer?' or `What is the LORD saying?'

38 But suppose they respond, `This is a prophecy from the LORD!' Then you should say, `This is what the LORD says: Because you have used this phrase, "prophecy from the LORD," even though I warned you not to use it,

39 I will forget you completely. I will expel you from my presence, along with this city that I gave to you and your ancestors.

40 And I will make you an object of ridicule, and your name will be infamous throughout the ages.' "

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1: As in Greek version and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew reads What burden?

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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